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Sat Jul 6, 2019, 12:32 PM

Trump trying to destroy humanity - eliminates bee research due to "budget cuts"

https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/06/politics/honeybees-study-usda-donald-trump-budget-cuts/index.html

Washington (CNN)The US Department of Agriculture has suspended data collection for its annual Honey Bee Colonies report, citing cost cuts -- a move that robs researchers and the honeybee industry of a critical tool for understanding honeybee population declines, and comes as the USDA is curtailing other research programs.

It's also another step toward undoing President Barack Obama's government-wide focus on protecting pollinators, including bees and butterflies, whose populations have plummeted in recent years.

The annual survey, which started in 2015, gathers data on the number of honeybees per state by quarter, including those being lost with symptoms of colony collapse disorder, an issue that's made honeybees a darling of environmentalists and climate activists.
It is at least the third bee-related dataset to be suspended under the current administration.

"The decision to suspend data collection was not made lightly, but was necessary given available fiscal and program resources," according to a notice posted by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Survey. The USDA would not provide a figure for how much the agency was saving by discontinuing the survey.

The suspension is "temporary," according to a USDA spokesperson, who did not say when or if it would be resumed. This year's report, scheduled to be released in August, will only include part-year data.

Outside groups that have been critical of the administration see the move as another way to undermine federal research.

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Reply Trump trying to destroy humanity - eliminates bee research due to "budget cuts" (Original post)
CousinIT Jul 6 OP
Vinca Jul 6 #1
Grasswire2 Jul 6 #5
Vinca Jul 6 #9
Grasswire2 Jul 6 #27
Vinca Jul 6 #28
Grasswire2 Jul 6 #30
IcyPeas Jul 6 #17
MFM008 Jul 6 #26
edhopper Jul 6 #2
notdarkyet Jul 6 #8
pangaia Jul 6 #20
The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 6 #3
mahatmakanejeeves Jul 6 #4
handmade34 Jul 6 #6
Dale Neiburg Jul 6 #11
calimary Jul 6 #7
Elwood P Dowd Jul 6 #10
Brainfodder Jul 6 #12
applegrove Jul 6 #13
sinkingfeeling Jul 6 #14
SunSeeker Jul 6 #15
bigbadR Jul 6 #16
usaf-vet Jul 6 #18
UniteFightBack Jul 6 #19
EleanorR Jul 6 #21
Dem2theMax Jul 6 #22
brewens Jul 6 #23
tanyev Jul 6 #24
Botany Jul 6 #25
bdamomma Jul 6 #29
Retrograde Jul 6 #31

Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 12:34 PM

1. He has no clue this is a life or death issue.

I've been planting all kinds of flowers around the vegetable garden to attract bees and I still rarely see one.

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Response to Vinca (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 12:44 PM

5. I made a bee garden outside my picture window, and I see lots of them.

All kinds of bees, and hummingbirds and butterflies.

I put up a little sign that says "bee garden" -- maybe that helps.. Hahah.

They particularly like the lavender and the lupine.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Reply #5)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 12:51 PM

9. I've got hummers and butterflies, but few bees. It's pretty bad when you have to depend

on squash beetles to pollinate the zucchini. LOL. I've got lavender, but no lupine. Maybe I'll add some of those.

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Response to Vinca (Reply #9)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 06:00 PM

27. this is the plant my bees love most: green alkanet

Considered a weed by some, but native to western europe and beloved in UK....

and by my bees. It was growing here and other yards in my neighborhood. It's related to borage, but not borage.

Green alkanet. It also has medicinal properties as salve and for pulmonary issues.

Little wee birdies come for the seeds, too. Needs to be contained, if you don't want it to spread.


[link:https://www.buzzaboutbees.net/Bees-Love-Green-Alkanet.html|



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Response to Grasswire2 (Reply #27)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 07:11 PM

28. Thanks, I've never even heard of it. I'll check it out.

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Response to Vinca (Reply #28)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 08:26 PM

30. I see it can be bought on eBay.

But remember that it spreads and needs to be contained.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Reply #5)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 03:07 PM

17. yes, lavender

my mom has a couple of lavender bushes and they are always covered with happy bees. I read that they are attracted to purple.

they are so important.

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Response to Vinca (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 05:37 PM

26. This year

we had them, especially bumble bees, they were all out there on the Rhodies.
We had hardly seen one for a few years.......

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 12:34 PM

2. "some men just want to see the world burn"

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Response to edhopper (Reply #2)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 12:48 PM

8. Trump does. He is trying to destroy as much as he can. Our food, meat, crops roads wont

Get fixed and our economy. So much more. I think Putin is masterminding the destruction of our country with. Trump as his apprentice. Wish people would get smarter.

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Response to notdarkyet (Reply #8)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 03:14 PM

20. Of course it is Putin. He has even said so...


in cahoots with his authoritarian buddies..

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 12:41 PM

3. This just makes me crazy.

I'm a Master Gardener. We are volunteers for our state university extension service (this program exists in all states, affiliated with universities), and our mission is to educate the public, using established science, about matters related to gardening and the environment. One of the most important things we've been doing lately is providing information about pollinators so people understand the relationship between bees and other pollinators and our food sources. Much of the data comes from government surveys and studies, and if they are cutting this off, it will be that much harder to deal with a situation that is becoming a crisis. Without bees we will lose most of our food crops. Then what?

We are fortunate to have at our university one of the country's best-known and most respected experts on bees, Marla Spivak. https://www.entomology.umn.edu/faculty-staff/marla-spivak I can't imagine what she must be thinking right now.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 12:43 PM

4. That Big Rig You're Passing Might Be Full of Bees

That Big Rig You're Passing Might Be Full of Bees

That Big Rig You're Passing Might Be Full of Bees

Andrew P. Collins
4 minutes ago

There are still cowboys driving livestock across America in 2019. While most of us are snoozing, they’re rolling up to dark fields with trucks full of creatures that are critical to our nation’s agriculture: thousands and thousands of bees.

“Very few people know that this happens, and it happens as a necessity of the way our agriculture’s done,” Apiarist and filmmaker Peter Nelson explained to me. “I see bee trucks when I’m on the road, but most people don’t recognize them because it looks like a truck with boxes covered by a net.”

Nelson’s new movie The Pollinators is all about the bee industry, its huge role in our food system and the dire situation it’s in today. After months embedded with beekeepers documenting the complicated logistics of hauling bees from one end of the country to another, and years raising bees in his own backyard, he’s become something of an authority on the subject.

After watching his film myself, I have a whole new appreciation for this fascinating biological and economic ecosystem. I will now impart some of this wonder to you, before getting back to the part about trucks filled with bees driving down the highway at night.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 12:44 PM

6. I don't eat much honey...

but I keep hives and LOVE my bees... pollinators are crucial and anyone who doesn't understand the importance is subhuman... imho

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #6)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 01:00 PM

11. Same here

I hardly ever take honey off, but I love having my bees around. I never get tired of watching them.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 12:46 PM

7. Damn you, donald!

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 12:57 PM

10. Time for some congressional hearings on what Trump/Purdue are doing

to the USDA. The Trump loving farmers are about to be put out of business, and they're too brainwashed and stupid to realize it.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 01:03 PM

12. Treating U.S.A. like a corporation? Twas quite predictable.



I think we know his "success" rate?



The eventual resulting paperwork dive is going to feel endless?

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 01:19 PM

13. Then big agra can jump in and have the government contract to have

guest workers pollinate crops and charge big $$$?

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 01:38 PM

14. He is the stupidest person (?) on the planet.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 02:49 PM

15. K & R for exposure.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 03:02 PM

16. If True

This fucker needs to be taken out asap!

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 03:10 PM

18. This is truly f...ing stupid. Without bees, without pollinators there will be no food crops.

Without adequate food crops, man will soon die as well.

It might not start with the richest 1% but it will get to them soon enough. Riches will not keep them fed or safe.

Is there no end to Trump's stupidity?

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 03:12 PM

19. I wish dotard rump would ____________ Fill in the blank anyway you like. nt

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 03:14 PM

21. And trump supporters think this is some sort of win because it makes Dems mad

But they live in the same physical world we do. They, their children, and their grandchildren will all suffer just like the rest of us because of the policies of this administration, showing his supporters truly are the fools they seem be.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 03:17 PM

22. Would I be wrong in hoping that a hive of africanised bees

would get the idea that the orange shitgibbon's hair would make a nice home?

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 03:40 PM

23. I've said before that Trump looks a lot like a normal person that got stung in the face a bunch

times. No wonder he wants to kill all the bees.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 03:55 PM

24. So how come there's plenty of money for his stupid wall, parade, and golf outings?

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 04:39 PM

25. 100% pure gas lighting

What can I (Stephen Miller) do to piss off the liberals.

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Response to Botany (Reply #25)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 07:14 PM

29. Miller needs to be arrested

Karma will get him.

I wonder if tRump is allergic to bee stings????

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 08:36 PM

31. But there's money for another golf weekend

Not to mention that spectacle in DC this week.

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